Gluten-Free Guide: Prague
When you first think about Prague, you probably think of meat, potatoes, and starchy goulash dishes. Probably hardly anything that could accommodate a gluten-free or dairy-free diet, right? Wrong! I was so surprised to discover all of the amazing options this beautiful city has to offer. Gluten-free beer, cider, dumplings, dairy-free ice cream, pancakes, and a 100% gluten-free Italian restaurant. What?! This city will not disappoint. With that all said, I, unfortunately, didn’t get to take as many pictures of my foodie adventures as I would have liked, but I’ll try to list out all of the awesome allergen-friendly options I came across.
Where to stay
We stayed in a beautifully renovated Airbnb located in the heart of Prague’s Old Town. This was an ideal part of the city to stay in as everything was pretty much within walking distance. If you want to check out Airbnb I’ll link it here. If you want to stay slightly outside of the hustle and bustle of Old Town, I think it would be fun to book an Airbnb over in Malá Strana too.
Where to eat & Drink
Den noc is a cute little cafe that was located right around the corner from our Airbnb. They’re only open from 8:30 AM – 3 PM, so I’d recommend checking them out early for breakfast. They offer both gluten-free and dairy-free options and it was delicious! The service was some of the best that we experienced during our stay. They have so many different varieties of pancakes and offered the best dairy-free options for your coffee.
Yami Sushi House was an unexpected find. Sushi in Prague? Yep. And it was THE BEST. I recommend making reservations if you’re stopping in for dinner. We did not have reservations but they were able to seat us at the sushi bar, so we lucked out. They offer gluten-free soy sauce and the waiters were knowledgeable about what was safe and what to avoid.
Alriso Risotteria Italiana was a gluten-free dream. This restaurant serves 100% gluten-free Italian food. It was so good, we ended up eating here twice. I practically devoured the homemade sourdough bread they serve with every meal. This restaurant should be at the top of your list when visiting.
Craft Beer Club was another great find and we ended up visiting a couple of times. They offer a very wide selection of beers and ciders. The staff is very friendly and happy to help you decide on a flight. Try a Bernard or Celia gluten-free beer here.
Švejk Restaurant U Karla has a large selection of gluten-free traditional Czech cuisine and gluten-free beer. I ended up ordering a Czech classic of beef strew with homemade gluten-free dumplings and we ordered the gluten-free apple strudel for dessert.
Where to visit
Letna Park | The beer garden located in Letna Park is a nice spot to stop and enjoy picturesque views of the city and river. This was an easy stroll from Old Town.
Petřín Park | Another quick walk from Old Town across Charles Bridge and you’ll be at Petřín Park. It’s quite an uphill climb it you’re adventurous enough to make it to the top, but there’s also a tram you can purchase tickets for to take you up.
Charles Bridge | You and every other tourist will be swarming this bridge at some point during your trip. It’s one of the main routes to get you from Old Town to Malá Strana. Pro tip: grab some coffee to-go and make an early morning trip across Charles Bridge to have it all to yourself.
Prague Castle | We didn’t think it was necessary to get tickets to the paid areas of the castle, because you can still see quite a bit without them. It’s worth the trip up the hill to witness the beauty of St. Vitus Cathedral. The next time we visit it will hopefully be during the Spring or early Summer to check out the stunning gardens below the castle.
Off the Beaten Path Walking Tour | We decided to join a walking tour we found through Airbnb since it was our first time in Prague and wanted to see as much as we could. Our local guide, Michaela, made it seem less like a guided tour and more like a friend showing us around town. If you’re not sure where to start exploring, I’d recommend setting up something similar to get you started. Don’t forget good walking shoes!
I honestly cannot wait to go back! Let me know in the comments if you’ve visited before and have other suggestions I might have missed.